Wednesday, 9 January 2013

ETANA’S NEW SOUND: Reggae songbird’s third disc out soon, added to Jazz & Blues lineup

RISE AND SHINE: The singer is sunny-side up on latest CD.

Newly confirmed Jamaica Jazz & Blues headliner Etana is set to reveal arguably her fiercest, most thought-provoking effort to date on Feb. 26. Better Tomorrow, her third studio album, recorded at Kingston’s legendary Tuff Gong Studios, is a true testament to her evolved sound. 

With a fresh perspective and young daughter (born last November), Etana offers newfound clarity on Better Tomorrow, a 14-track collection produced primarily by Shane Brown of Jukeboxx Recordings. The album also expands on her recent digital-only EP Reggae and 2011 sophomore release Free Expressions, which won praise for being “a rarity: music that sermonizes, yet still sweetly serenades,” according to These releases also follow her 2008 critically acclaimed debut The Strong One

Meantime, Etana joins a starry, illustrious lineup for this month’s Jazz & Blues festival (Jan. 24 to 26) including the likes of Mary J. Blige, Monica, Arturo Tappin and John Legend.

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